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Open Your Eyes (1997)

Abre los ojos (original title)
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduardo Noriega ... César
Penélope Cruz ... Sofía
Chete Lera ... Antonio
Fele Martínez ... Pelayo
Najwa Nimri ... Nuria
Gérard Barray ... Duvernois
Jorge de Juan Jorge de Juan ... Encargado L.E.
Miguel Palenzuela Miguel Palenzuela ... Commisario
Pedro Miguel Martínez ... Médico Jefe
Ion Gabella Ion Gabella ... Recluso paranoico
Joserra Cadiñanos Joserra Cadiñanos ... Guardia
Tristán Ulloa ... Camarero
Pepe Navarro Pepe Navarro ... Presentador T.V.
Jaro Jaro ... Médico 1
Walter Prieto Walter Prieto ... Médico 2
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A once handsome playboy, César finds himself in a mental facility and he can't remember why. All he can remember is meeting the love of his life for one day, and then getting into a car accident which left his face horribly disfigured. But the pain of becoming physically undesirable may help him to find the truth. Written by Mark Barrancos

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Spain | France | Italy

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Spanish

Release Date:

19 December 1997 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Calle Gran Via, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alejandro Amenábar: with other two people in the bathroom of the disco, when César goes there. He is the last one that gets out. See more »

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A crew member is reflected in the car window when César picks up Pelayo for tennis. See more »

Quotes

Pelayo: Did you screw her?
César: Screw who?
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References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

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El detonador EMX-3
Composed by F. Alfaro
Performed by Chucho
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Attention: do NOT watch Vanilla Sky before watching this first!
1 June 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Sadly due to the lack of availability of 'Open Your Eyes' in Australia (until now) I saw Cameron Crowe's 'Vanilla Sky' first. Too bad. 'Open Your Eyes' is the original and best version, and would have impressed me even more if the surprises in the plot hadn't been ruined for me by the remake. So I strongly urge you to watch this movie first for maximum impact. It's a real killer, and especially recommended if you are a fan of mind-blowing movies such as Frankenheimer's underrated 'Seconds', Cronenberg's brilliant 'Videodrome' and 'eXistenZ'), or have read a Philip K.Dick novel or two.

Eduardo Noriega (star of Amenabar's previous movie, the taut, suspenseful 'Tesis', also worth a look) is much more believable than Tom Cruise as the increasingly baffled protagonist caught in a never-ending nightmare, and Penelope Cruz's performance here is subtler and more appealing than her reprise of Sofia in Crowe's overblown and self-indulgent remake. Alejandro Amenabar has made three excellent imaginative thrillers in a row, and looks like being one of the most potentially exciting directors currently working. 'Open Your Eyes' comes with my highest recommendation. This one is essential viewing.


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